Mark Simpson
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1988-09-26
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Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson Biography (BBC)

Born in 1988 in Liverpool, in 2006 at the age of 17 Mark Simpson became the first ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Proms/Guardian Young composer of the Year Competitions.

The BBC commissioned him to write the opening work for the 2012 Last Night of the Proms and in 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform his composition ‘A mirror-fragment…’ at the Barbican. He gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room and premieres works by Simon Holt and Jonathan Harvey. He is currently a fellow on the Jerwood Opera Writing scheme.

As a clarinettist Mark has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (Vassily Petrenko), Northern Sinfonia (Yan Pascal Tortelier), BBC Philharmonic (Gianandrea Noseda), City of London Sinfonia, Manning Camerata, BBC Concert Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica and the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 he was a soloist in the BBC Last Night of the Proms in Hyde Park. Further afield he has given recitals at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, BeethovenFest in Bonn, Denver Colorado as a Lakewood Music Scholar, and toured the Middle East. During 2009/10 he was artist in residence with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Mark has had his compositions performed by some of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles. In 2008 he wrote ‘Threads’ for the National Youth Orchestra, Nur Musik for oboe and ensemble commissioned by Ensemble 10/10, and ‘A mirror-fragment...’ for orchestra commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011 the Aronowitz Ensemble performed his Los Proverbios at the Royal Concergebouw and in 2012 the Meiningen Symphony Orchestra performed ‘A mirror-fragment…’ in Germany. He has also written for the pianist Richard Uttley and the Mercury Quartet and in 2010 won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Composition Award for which he wrote Lethe for trombone and ensemble performed at the Royal Festival Hall.

Mark is deeply committed to the performance of new music. His debut CD was released on the NMC label and saw the culmination of five years of working with composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Gary Carpenter, David Horne, Kenneth Hesketh, Gavin Higgins, Emily Howard and Stephen Pratt, developing new works for the clarinet and basset clarinet.

Mark read Music at St. Catherine’s College Oxford graduating with first class honours. This summer he completed an MMus in composition with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust. He studied clarinet with Nicholas Cox at the Junior School of the Royal Northern College of Music and now studies privately with Mark van der Wiel.

Mark Simpson Biography (Wikipedia)

Mark Simpson (born 26 September 1988) is a British composer and clarinettist from Liverpool, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006 title on 20 May 2006, playing Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia and Yan Pascal Tortelier at The Sage Gateshead. In the same year, Simpson was also the winner of the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition, becoming the only person in history to have ever won both competitions.

He resides in Merseyside and attended King David High School, Liverpool before attending the Royal Northern College of Music junior department where he studied clarinet with Nicholas Cox.

He was also Principal Clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, playing a Peter Eaton clarinet. After a term at the Royal College of Music, Simpson spent the rest of his gap year in Berlin, and attended St. Catherine's College, Oxford University reading for a BA in Music from 2008–2011.

He is a composer, who was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to write his first orchestral piece, Threads for Orchestra , which premièred at The Sage Gateshead on 1 April 2008. His It Was As if the Earth Stood Still was broadcast over BBC Radio 3's "Hear and Now" in November 2005, and his Lov(escape) in the concert he gave as one of the finalists in the Young Musician competition in September 2006. In 2015 he was announced as the BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association.

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Clarinet Concerto
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Clarinet Concerto
Carl Maria von Weber
Grand duo concertant, Op 48
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Grand duo concertant, Op 48
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115 (3rd mvt)
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Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op.115 (3rd mvt)
Gerald Finzi
Five Bagatelles, No.5: Fughetta
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Five Bagatelles, No.5: Fughetta
Mark-Anthony Turnage
Cradle Song
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Cradle Song
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor - 2nd mvt: Andante
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Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor - 2nd mvt: Andante
Antoni Szalowski
Sonatina for clarinet and piano
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Sonatina for clarinet and piano
Edmund Finnis
4 Duets: No. 4, -
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4 Duets: No. 4, -
Gerald Finzi
Bagatelles Op.23 for clarinet and piano
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Bagatelles Op.23 for clarinet and piano
Aaron Copland
Sextet
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Sextet
Leonard Bernstein
Sonata In A For Clarinet And Piano
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Sonata In A For Clarinet And Piano
Mark Simpson
3 Pieces For Trumpet And Piano
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3 Pieces For Trumpet And Piano
Herbert Howells
Rhapsodic Quintet Op.31 For Clarinet And Strings
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Rhapsodic Quintet Op.31 For Clarinet And Strings
Mark Simpson
Night Music
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Night Music
John Ireland
Fantasy Sonata In E Flat Major
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Fantasy Sonata In E Flat Major
Mark Simpson
Hommage A Kurtag
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Hommage A Kurtag
György Kurtág
Hommage to Robert Schumann, Op. 15d
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Hommage to Robert Schumann, Op. 15d
Robert Schumann
Marchenerzahlungen Op.132
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Marchenerzahlungen Op.132
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Trio Op.114
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Clarinet Trio Op.114
Mark Simpson
Barkham Fantasy
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Barkham Fantasy
Mark Simpson
Lov(Escape)
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Lov(Escape)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio In B Flat Op.11
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Trio In B Flat Op.11
Mark Simpson
Windflower
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Windflower
Patrick Nunn
Eid Milaad Saeed
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Eid Milaad Saeed
Magnus Lindberg
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra
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Concerto for clarinet and orchestra
John Ireland
Fantasy sonata in E flat major for clarinet and piano
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Fantasy sonata in E flat major for clarinet and piano
Magnus Lindberg
Clarinet Concerto
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Clarinet Concerto
Max Bruch
8 Pieces Op.83 No.1
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8 Pieces Op.83 No.1
Mark Simpson
Nur Musik
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Nur Musik
Mark Simpson
Night Music
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Night Music
Mark Simpson
Cello Concerto
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Cello Concerto
Mark Simpson
Ariel
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Ariel
Magnus Lindberg
Clarinet Concerto
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Clarinet Concerto
Johannes Brahms
Quintet in B minor Op.115 for clarinet and strings
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Quintet in B minor Op.115 for clarinet and strings
Mark Simpson
The Immortal (Proms 2017)
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The Immortal (Proms 2017)
Mark Simpson
After Avedon
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After Avedon
Carl Nielsen
Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Op.57
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Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Op.57
Mark Simpson
After Avedon - 3rd movt: Francis Bacon
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After Avedon - 3rd movt: Francis Bacon
Magnus Lindberg
Acequia Madre
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Acequia Madre
Mark Simpson
Night music for cello and piano
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Night music for cello and piano
Johannes Brahms
Sonata in F minor Op.120`1
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Sonata in F minor Op.120`1
Mark Simpson
Echoes and embers
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Echoes and embers

Echoes and embers

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Richard Uttley
Johannes Brahms
Sonata in E flat major Op.120`2
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Sonata in E flat major Op.120`2
Robert Schumann
Phantasiestucke Op.73
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Phantasiestucke Op.73
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Past BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Mozart/Mark Simpson/Mahler
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-06-15T13:48:50
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Jun
2019
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Mozart/Mark Simpson/Mahler

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Mozart/Mark Simpson/Mahler

19:30
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Proms 2018: Proms Children's Press Conference
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Imperial College Union
2018-07-29T13:48:50
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29
Jul
2018
Proms 2018: Proms Children's Press Conference

Proms 2018: Proms Children's Press Conference

Imperial College Union
Proms 2018: Prom 4: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-07-16T13:48:50
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16
Jul
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 4: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony

Proms 2018: Prom 4: Shostakovich’s ‘Leningrad’ Symphony

Royal Albert Hall
New Music Biennial 2017: New Music Biennial: Simon Holt
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Southbank Centre, London
2017-07-09T13:48:50
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9
Jul
2017
New Music Biennial 2017: New Music Biennial: Simon Holt

New Music Biennial 2017: New Music Biennial: Simon Holt

13:00
Southbank Centre, London
Simon Holt & BBC Philharmonic: Joy Beast
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Hull City Hall
2017-06-30T13:48:50
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30
Jun
2017
Simon Holt & BBC Philharmonic: Joy Beast

Simon Holt & BBC Philharmonic: Joy Beast

18:45
Hull City Hall

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